From slow food to lazy locovores. Eating locally raised food is a growing trend. But who has time to get to the farmer’s market, let alone plant a garden? That is where Trevor Paque comes in. For a fee, Mr. Paque, who lives in San Francisco, will build an organic garden in your backyard, weed it weekly and even harvest the bounty, gently placing a box of vegetables on the back porch when he leaves. — New York Times

Visitors scare the wildlife. Even a quiet stroll in the park can dramatically change natural ecosystems, according to a new study by conservation biologists. The study compared parks in the San Francisco Bay Area that allow only quiet recreation such as hiking or dog walking with nearby nature reserves that allow no public access. Evidence of some native carnivore populations – coyote and bobcat – was more than five times lower in parks that allow public access than in neighboring reserves where humans don’t tread. — Science Daily

Greypower goes green. Volunteering for environmental protection activities can be physically and mentally sustaining for older people, according to the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PPAR). In fact, this demographic group is in a unique position to have a noticeable impact on its surroundings. Research has also shown that older people tend to be more affected by environmental problems like air pollution and temperature extremes. Scientific Blogging

Dear Arctic, your days are numbered. New research released by the US Geological Survey says the Arctic may hold as much as 20% of the world’s estimated undiscovered oil and natural gas reserves. The study said the Arctic may contain 90 billion barrels of oil, enough to meet global demand for three years and an amount equal to 13 percent of the world’s “undiscovered technically recoverable” oil reserves. How long do you give it before they’re drilling? — Yale Environment 360